- a tall bugbane, Cimicifuga racemosa, of the buttercup family, of eastern North America, having thin, tapering, toothed or deeply cut leaflets and branched clusters of small, white flowers.
Origin of black snakeroot
An Americanism dating back to 1690–1700
Also called black cohosh.
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